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Steve Cotter Part 1: Improving Posture To Improve Grappling

Posted by Kettlebell Kings on Jul 11, 2017 9:56:42 PM

Steve Cotter is a dynamic force in the world of fitness, sports conditioning, and mind-body practice. A global pioneer in Kettlebell training education, Steve has personally instructed thousands of fitness professionals around the world through his International Kettlebell and Fitness Federation(IKFF), which he founded in 2008. Steve trains world class jiu jitsu competitors like Xande Ribiero in kettlebell and we are really excited to have him with us to bring you his series on kettlebell workouts for grapplers.  Also, our personal favorite, Steve is on the Men's Health Magazine 100 Fittest Men of All Time. 

IMG_8580.jpgIn the first post with Steve he demonstrates some important basics to improve flexibility, range of motion and mobility which are important for grappling as well as moving onto important kettlebell movements. Steve will start with the basics and by the end of the series move to more advance movements all designed to help your grappling training. 

Posture and range of motion

Posture and range of motion are important for grappling and Steve demonstrates how to improve by first working on a full squat which will be the basis of a lot of movement (demonstrated below).  Developing this range of motion, body control and core strength will help you have a solid base so that you do not come off your center of gravity easily during a match and lose control of yourself and the match (demonstrated 7:20). By being able to control your body better, you can control the match better.

  • hips down
  • feet flat on ground
  • upright position

The goal of this exercise is to improve mobility to be able to move around in this position easily from one position to another for fighting. Steve recommends utilziing a stick or light resistance band to work on this (demonstrated below).

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Anyone who tries this will eventually get stuck at some point and the goal is to keep working at it to work through it to improve your posture, control and range of motion. 

We recommend watching this video a few times or different sections a few times before moving on. You will pick up on important pieces as you start to understand the goal of the movement better. If you think of this in terms of a progression which is designed to be harder each time, it helps you understand that by mastering each progession you gain more control over your body and posture which in turn gives you more control on the mat!


watch the full video below and read more for the complete breakdown! 


Steve Cotter trains demonstrates ways to improve mobility for grappling. 

 

 

The goal of this is a series of progessions designed to improve your mobility. Anyone who tries this will eventually get stuck at some point and the goal is to keep working at it to move past it. 

Developing this range of motion, body control and core strength will help you have a solid base so that you do not come off your center of gravity easily during a match and lose control. 

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step 1:

  • Face the wall, with toes touching the wall
  • Use the wall to block you while you squat so you are forced to extend out which improves mobility (pictured above)
  • Do not grab wall, hands out away from your body
  • If you are tight to start and unable to perform the movement against the wall, step away from the wall to start. Keep working at being able to have your toes against the wall and squat down

Step 2: use the stick or resistance band

Once you are able to master squatting with your toes against the wall, you want to extend it by utilizing the stick or resistance band (demonstrated at 3:25). Use the stick or resistance band to open the upper part of the spine by pulling it behind your head. Make sure to breathe and not hold your breathe. If you are tight, try utizling the band instead of the stick (3:43). The stick acts as a blocker if your arms try to move forward so that you are forced to improve your mobility and control by performing the squat while holding the stick or resistance band.

step 3: 

  • Bring your hands together while holding the stick or resistance band over head and have a wide base with your feet
  • Lock your elbows while holding the stick/band above with a close grip (demonstrated 4:11)
  • perform squat against wall

step 4:

  • Hands wide again, but the feet are together (demonstrated 4:28)
  • At the bottom the feet and knees are together
  • Against the wall, with close feet and wide grip on the stick/band pull yourself down towards the ground

Make sure to utilize your core as you pull youself down while not allowing yourself to touch the wall. This is a great way to work on controlling your movement and body. 

the final - Bringing it all Together

Hands together, feet together. DO NOT bend elbows. Lock the stick/band out overhead with the elbow straight and the hands close together. Your whole body will be under tension. The goal is to be able to perform this movement without using the wall to brace you on the way down. 

That is it for Part 1! Again, we recommend watching this video a few times or different sections a few times before moving on. You will pick up on important pieces as you start to understand the goal of the movement better. If you think of this in terms of a progression which is designed to be harder each time, it helps you understand that by mastering each progession you gain more control over your body and posture which in turn gives you more control on the mat! 

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 Read Part 2

MANY THANKS TO STEVE COTTER

Steve Cotter is a dynamic force in the world of fitness, sports conditioning, and mind-body practice. A global pioneer in Kettlebell training education, Steve has personally instructed thousands of fitness professionals around the world through his International Kettlebell and Fitness Federation (IKFF), which he founded in 2008. 

 In spite of his busy international teaching schedule, Steve finds time to develop and oversee physical conditioning for numerous professional athletes from Major League Baseball, as well as teaching clinics for university strength and conditioning programs.  

Combining his expertise in Martial Arts, mobility, flexibility, and Kettlebell Training, Steve Cotter is a go-to source for MMA fighters, various military units and elite athletes who need to develop their minds and bodies to their highest potential.

In September, 2012 Mens Health named Steve Cotter one of the 100 Fittest Men of All Time.

 Some of Steve Cotters professional accomplishments include: 

➢ Founder and Director of the IKFF-International Kettlebells & Fitness Federation
➢ International lecturer and teacher on 6 continents and over 50 countries
➢ Kettlebell Expert for the about.com online network
➢ One of Mens Health Magazines 100 Fittest Athletes of All-time
➢ Creator of Steve Cotters Kettlebell University online eduction portal
➢ Nike China Featured Presenter
➢ Consultant to numerous professional and NCAA sport teams, including NFL, MLB, NHL, University of Texas
➢ Subject Matter Expert to US Navy SEALs at Virginia Beach, VA
➢ Strength & Conditioning instructor for US Marines at Quantico Marine Corps Base
➢ Author of Kettlebell Training, by Human Kinetics Publishing
➢ Creator of the Encyclopedia of Kettlebell Lifting and over a dozen DVDs
➢ Keynote Speaker for CPTN, Canadian Personal Trainers Network
➢ Panel Speaker for Donna Karans Urban Zen Initiative, NYC
➢ Featured Presenter for Fitness Industry Conferences IDEA World, AFC, NSCA, CPTN, ECA, IPEX, Perform Better Summit, Body Power Expo, Nike China, FIBO China 
➢ Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology, San Diego State University 2001

 Steve Cotter Video Links:

http://www.menshealth.com/fitness/fittest-men-all-time

http://www.menshealth.com/video/steve-cotter-kettlebell-basics#/video/all

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=id5QM1pTkVY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqt0Bs2WpfA

You can learn more about Steve Cotter here:

 IKFF:www.ikff.com Twitter: www.twitter.com/stevecotterikff

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/stevecotterikff 

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/stevecotterikff

Youtube: www.youtube.com/IKFFChannel 



 

Topics: Steve Cotter, Posture, Improving Grappling